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Regular Board Meeting
Jun 01, 2015


Monday, June 1, 2015; River Falls Town Hall



Elected Officials and Staff Present:  Diana G. Smith, Chair; John Galgowski, Siri Smith, Brad Mogen, Supervisors; Ruth Stern, Clerk; Michele DeLong-Reiter, Recycling Administrator



The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by Town Chair, Diana G. Smith.  Attorney Terry Dunst of Bakke-Norman Law Firm explained how ordinances are enforced in a joint extraterritorial zoned area.  He also explained citation procedures. Information was sent with Attorney Dunst on current fire call billing procedures for his review. 

Siri moved to approve the May 18th regular board meeting minutes.  Brad seconded.   Motion carried.  Brad moved to approve the May 18th Board of Review minutes.  John seconded.  Motion carried.  Siri moved to approve the minutes of the employee review session on May 19th.  John seconded.  Motion carried.    Siri moved to approve the minutes of the May 26th employee review session.  Brad seconded.  Motion carried.

Brad moved to accept the June 1st financial report which includes renewing the Happy Valley Bike Path and Recycling CD’s for a 12 month period.  $2300 will be removed from the Recycling CD and placed in the general fund to cover the compactor motor repair costs.  There is a current money market balance of $351,396.98.  Siri seconded.  Motion carried.

The board reviewed a fire call appeal letter from Mary Weidell at N8224 1015th St.    Brad moved to reject the Weidell fire call appeal and direct them to work with their alarm company to resolve the issue.  Siri seconded. Motion carried. 

Communications:  Diana reported that the Parks Committee will be hosting volunteer clean-up dates later this summer.  Jerome presented the zoning report.  Ruth will check on training opportunities for Board of Appeals members, as well as contact the WTA in regards to state guidelines on Comprehensive Plan updates.   

Public Comments:  No comments.

Plan Commission Recommendations:  The Plan Commission reviewed the personal property doomage report. 

Hiring of Recycling Center Assistant & Other Recycling Updates:  Michele DeLong–Reiter reported that additional non-residents have been utilizing the Recycling Center.  She was directed to monitor the costs to ensure that the increased solid waste/recycling volume would be offset by the fees generated.  The town continues to seek a recycling center employee.   

Approval of Ordinance #2015-1, Procedures and Criteria Allowing Alternative Forms of Sworn Testimony for Board of Review Hearings:  Brad moved to approve Ordinance #2015-1 which allows written and phone testimony on a case-by-case basis for Board of Review appeals.  Siri seconded.  Motion carried. 

Farmland Preservation Plan & Rezone Requests:  Work continues on the Farmland Preservation Plan and obtaining an Agriculture Enterprise Area designation.  Jerome and Roy Lund worked with Senator Harsdorf to provide information on these two projects. 

Review Legal Opinion on ETZ Regulations:  See notes above. 

Fire Call Fee Structure:  See notes above. 

Dog Licensing Updates/Citations:  Ruth will check with the Wisconsin Town’s Association to determine how other towns are addressing non-licensure of dogs.   

Burn Permit Violations:  Postponed to next meeting.

Committee Members:  Work continues on appointing members to various town committees.

Mobile Home Court License:  John moved to approve the renewal of a two stall mobile home court license for Margaret Blair at W9800 770th Ave.   Siri seconded.  Motion carried.

Fee Schedules:  Siri moved that changes be made to the Recycling Center fee schedule as recommended by Michele DeLong-Reiter.  Brad seconded.  Motion carried.   Siri moved that a notation be added to the general fee schedule that there is a $5.00 late fee for dog licensing after April 1st of each year.  John seconded.  Motion carried.  The zoning/building and highway department fee schedules will be reviewed at the June 15th meeting.

Employee Handbook:  Postponed to a later date.

Siri moved that the board approve the June 1st listing of bills.  John seconded.  Motion carried.

Brad moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 P.M.   Siri seconded.  Meeting adjourned. 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,



                                                                        Ruth Stern/Clerk

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